Asiana Flight 214 Crashes at San Francisco International Airport

In a tragic accident occurring this past Saturday at the San Francisco International Airport, an Asiana Airlines flight inbound from Seoul crash landed after touching down tail first and short of the runway. 307 individuals were on board the Boeing 777 aircraft, of which 2 were killed and 168 were injured.

While the complete investigation of the plane crash has not yet been completed, preliminary reports appear to have eliminated mechanical failure and point to pilot error as the primary cause of the accident. Excessively low airspeed on approach led to the crew being unable to throttle forward when they attempted to abort the landing seconds before impact. In an apparent departure from normal procedure, the throttles were idling on approach, which may have led to the crew’s inability to correct course on their approach to the runway.

Pilot Lee Kang-guk was landing a Boeing 777 for the first time at SFO, although he had piloted that type of aircraft 9 times prior to this flight. Kang-guk had logged more than 10,000 flying hours and could not be considered to be in training, but was acclimating to the aircraft after having much more extensive experience flying a Boeing 747. The chief pilot was Lee Jeong-min, who has been with Asiana Airlines since 1996.

Our thoughts are with all the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.

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